By Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 4/25/16.
As a member of the Mosiax Network (I would encourage you to join too) I learned a great deal from the dialogue of leading thinkers at the 2016 Exponential pre-conference. We are also launching an academic society (info here) to study best practices. Here are some gleanings from the pre-conference.
Transformation is three things: “spiritual transformation, financial transformation and social transformation.” These three must be undertaken in balance or the organizational becomes silo-ed and unable to holistically transform the community. “We are preaching an isolated, narrow view of theology and practice.}
Strategies are lacking. “You ask people about diversity and people often say, ‘It’s just happening on Sunday morning’ or ‘We’re just letting it happen.’ But if you ask a growing church about evangelism or discipleship, they probably wouldn’t say ‘It’s just happening on Sunday morning’ or ‘We’re just letting it happen.’ We don’t ignore planning in other important areas.”
“What is the first question church planters get? ‘Who are you targeting?’ That is an nonbiblical and illogical question.”
“It’s not about a melting pot. As Soong-Cha Rah says it is a ‘salad bowl.’ You’ve just got to stop smothering everything in Ranch sauce.”